The $25 million grant request was widely understood to be an effort to remove the bad debt from APSA’s ledger before it drew attention, after it became obvious that the debt-ridden and insolvent hospital could not repay its loan to the Vatican central bank.
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It was not announced when Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio would begin his apostolic investigation of the diocese and beleaguered Bishop Richard Malone.
ANALYSIS: The canonical realities of the case don’t support most of the conjecture.
The Jan. 10 disclosure from the Diocese of Pittsburgh is the first confirmation by Church authorities that Cardinal Wuerl was aware of allegations against the disgraced ex-cardinal before June 2018.
ANALYSIS: Many U.S. Catholics wonder how much time the Pope needs to initiate a comprehensive response to a crisis they view as systemic: more complex than the situation of any particular abusing priest or bishop, and broader in scope than the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
Diocese of Pittsburgh has received about 50 new allegations of abuse, and a state abuse hotline has received more than 500 calls.
NEWS ANALYSIS: What the Holy Father’s call for revision of the Catechism means for U.S. approach to criminal justice.
Special assistant to Bishop James Conley and the Diocese of Lincoln’s communications director will start his new post Aug. 28.